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We've been waiting for it for a week, now Specialized unveils details about the brand new (and the word new is well chosen in this case) Diverge road bike. All its design is completely revised: new frame, new geometry, weight and the addition of a new and imporved future shock. Continue after this crazy video featuring Peter Sagan for more details ...
In its creative process, Specialized has gone with the conviction that the Gravel of Adventure category will be the most popular on the market in the coming years. This is why the Diverge takes a whole new turn and gets new features that will allow cyclists to perform on pavement, but also have fun on the cross-country (XC) trails.
The main new feature of the Diverge is undoubtedly the new version of the future shock which is integrated into the stem. The shock is available on all carbon models and the COMP aluminum model. Introduced for the first time on the Roubaix and Ruby 2017, this time the suspension called "Sport" offers a more progressive spring for better absorb on rugged terrain. Although the cartridge is the same, the spring is progressive and non-linear. Note that this new future shock is compatible with both Roubaix and Ruby.
The new Specialized Diverge also gets a new geometry with a BB386 Evo bottom bracket that accommodates wider tires without having to modify the rear base. Thanks to this choice, the Diverge can now be equipped with tires up to 42mm in 700 (limited to 700x38 on Aluminum versions) and compatible with 650b-45mm tires on carbon bikes and 650b-42mm on aluminium bikes. However, be careful if you choose 650b tires because the bottom bracket will be even lower.
Like many other models, the Diverge offers a men version and a women version. However, unlike many companies, the geometry remains the same and the only notable differences are the colors, the sizes offered, the length of the crank and accessories such as the saddle and the handlebars. Specialized has seen by analyzing more than 40,000 data from the RETUL positioning system and determined that specific geometry was not necessary.
A Diverge S-works model will be proposed and this one presents crazy features that we love. For example, it will be equipped with a dropper post (dropper post is also compatible with all carbon models, although not offered on standard models) as well as the SWAT box, a small storage box that allows to host a 700x28c tube, a valve extender, Co2 inflator, tire lever and a multi-tool. Like the dropper post, the Swat Box will only be included on the S-Works model, but compatible on all carbon models.
To ensure that the Diverge meets all the expectations of an adventure or "gravel" bike, Specialized offers Plug + Play fender holes and space for 3 bottles of water.
Here are the different models that will be offered, as well as their drivetrain. No pricing is available yet. We will update the article as soon as we have the details.
The new Diverge should arrive in the market during the month of July. To learn more, we invite you to visit www.specialized.com or contact and visit a local Specialized bike shop near you to find out about availability and book your new ride...
In addition to the launch of the all-new Diverge, the Big S has announced the new Allez, Allez Sport and Allez Elite that will bundle the entry level bikes with prices close to $ 1,000 (Specialized mentions that the Allez is certainly the cheapest bike on the market to be tested in wind tunnel!), as well as an update of its cyclocross bike, Crux. For more details, we invite you to visit the company's website.
What you think of the new Specialized Diverge?